Don't Change the Name of Sheikh Hassan Barsame High School Somalia

Don't Change the Name of Sheikh Hassan Barsame High School Somalia

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Somali Government changed the name of Sheikh Hassan Barsame High school to non school organization as part of its reconfiguration.  The goal is to promote inclusivity at the new created construction department .  While this is an important objective, changing the name so hastily is irresponsible and causes more harm than good.

Nearly 50 years of heritage should not be abandoned so hastily – Sheikh Hassan Barsame High school founded in 1970 (named after great leader and hero Sheikh Hassan Barsame), and has produced millions of High school graduates.  Sheikh Hassan Barsame is filled with generations of Somali citizens who cherish its heritage.  Being a Sheikh Hassan Barsame High School student is belonging to a long lasting legacy which is part of the fabric of Sheikh Hassan Barsame .  This history adorns the walls of Sheikh Hassan Barsame school . and elicits pride as students walk the halls.  Abandoning the Sheikh Hassan Barsame . name is abandoning its legacy.  It is irresponsible to do so simply to minimize the impact of a short-lived transition.

Changing the school name is more polarizing than unifying – There is a substantial student body, parent and alumni community that feels a powerful emotional connection with the Changing the school name is more polarizing than unifying – There is a substantial student body, parent and alumni community that feels a powerful emotional connection with the Sheikh Hassan Barsame school brand and is eager to welcome new students into it.  Changing the name would create substantial animosity at a time when we’re trying to build unity.  The status quo is the safer path. brand and is eager to welcome new students into it.  Changing the name would create substantial animosity at a time when we’re trying to build unity.  The status quo is the safer path.

Recommendation

Maintain the name Sheikh Hassan Barsame High school and focus government resources on programs that help all students become  Sheikh Hassan Barsame school graduates and excel in their new environment.

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